Shutting it down: Songs in 2009

Not shutting it down permanently, don't worry, though after writing this entry I look a little like this.

One thing I’ve learned during my 2009 foray into the music blogosphere is that there is a lot of music out there. Seriously a lot, like if you took the number of bands you know about from your hometown and assume that each group member’s cousin also plays in a band, then multiply that number of band-moonlighting relatives by 336. That is an approximation of the number of music-making artists on the Interwebs on any given day.

So the task of sifting through such a vast glut of material is time-consuming, to put it mildly. To be less diplomatic, it makes you wonder if the transparent accessibility of the Internet is what will eventually drive a well-intentioned music aficionado to crave nothing more than white noise from the TV screen to croon her to sleep. Of course, that also means that it is a thrilling time to be a musician just based on the ease of the venture.

At a very basic level, that’s an exciting prospect for a fan. It can also be quite horrifying because it means anyone can post the six tracks they can reliably strum up for scrutiny. And to top it off, remember that hometown band member’s cousin? For every other cousin, there is a music-blogging second cousin who posts more frequently than you and informs the public of more obscure yet somehow proportionately more inventive acts than your blog does. It is galling and pretty tempting to hate all the second cousin bloggers, but you need their expertise as badly as you thought the Interwebs needed yours.

Still, to bring it back around to myself, I’m someone’s second cousin, too. I also hope to post on musically-inclined artists who may or may not win me any tight-jean cred awards but hopefully fulfill the former teacher in me who just wants people to know whatever it is that I know. Although it’s been a long time since I’ve made a post here, rest assured, I am listening to a boatload of music. Isn’t that the point? If you are not listening to a boatload of music yourself, I humbly suggest you start with the following songs of ’09 that I have listened and loved but not mentioned here for various reasons.

  • Dan Auerbach ~ Keep It Hid ~ Nonesuch

Keep It Hid

  • David Bazan ~ Curse Your Branches ~ Barsuk

Bless This Mess

  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros ~ Up from Below ~ Vagrant

Home

  • Elvis Perkins in Dearland ~ Elvis Perkins in Dearland ~ XL

Doomsday

  • Fanfarlo ~ Reservoir ~ Atlantic

Harold T. Wilkins, Or How to Wait for a Very Long Time

  • Kid Cudi ~ Man on the Moon: The End of Day ~ Motown

Heart of a Lion (Kid Cudi Theme Music)

  • Mika ~ The Boy Who Knew Too Much ~ Universal

Blame It On the Girls

  • Phoenix ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix ~ Glass Note

Lisztomania

  • They Might Be Giants ~ Here Comes Science ~ Disney

My Brother the Ape

  • Why? ~ Eskimo Snow ~ Anticon

This Blackest Purse

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2 Responses to “Shutting it down: Songs in 2009”


  1. 1 Mark January 2, 2010 at 5:11 AM

    I really need to listen to that Bazan record.

  2. 2 solitaryartcollective January 3, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    So glad you’re back…you’ve inspired me to begin writing again, too.


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